Published: 21 June 2021 Updated: 24 June 2024
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The Southern Ocean IPA covers fishing in the waters of the Southern Ocean. This activity is primarily concentrated on the fishing of Patagonian Toothfish and Mackerel Icefish although there are other opportunities to develop new fisheries in other areas.

Fishing activity tends to concentrate in waters around Heard and McDonald Island and Macquarie Island with these fisheries managed by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority ( in partnership with the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (

These fisheries are accessed by two companies Austral Fisheries and Australian Longline. These two companies are not only active in the fisheries but also in the management and science and research that underpins the sustainable harvest of the species from these waters.

This IPA draws on the priorities outlined for the fishery from the agencies responsible for its management (AFMA, CCAMLR) as well as the companies that access the resource.

Industry Partnership Agreement

The FRDC is a key partner for planning and investment in the research, development extension needed to achieve its vision. SO works closely with the FRDC and research providers to focus resources into the RD&E needed to address current priority investment areas. RD&E investment planning and project realisation is undertaken through a collaborative process between SO members and research providers, with priorities developed and agreed at Annual General Meetings (AGM) and half yearly conferences.

Research Priorities

Research, Development and Extension Plan

SO has developed a Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) Plan that provides a framework to identify and invest in key strategic research needs of SO stakeholders - see the plan.

Call for Applications

The FRDC invests through a flexible approach. Part of this approach allows the Research Advisory Committees (RACs), Industry Partnership Agreements (IPAs) and Subprograms to call for applications based on their priorities up to three times per year in November, April and August – see whether this IPA has put forward any priorities in the current call for applications.

SO Contact

Rhys Arangio – (E:

Brad Milic – (E:

FRDC Management Contacts

Adrianne Laird – FRDC Research Portfolio Manager (T +61 2 6122 2155; E:

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